AKTabBarController 1.1.0

AKTabBarController 1.1.0

LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License MIT
ReleasedLast Release Dec 2014

Maintained by Unclaimed.

  • By
  • Ali Karagoz

AKTabBarController is an adaptive and customizable tab bar for iOS.


  • Portrait and Landscape mode tab bar.
  • Ability to set the height of the tab bar.
  • Ability to hide the tab bar when pushed.
  • Ability to set the minimum height of the tab bar to allow display the title.
  • Ability to hide the title in the tabs.
  • When the height of the tab bar is too small, the title is not displayed.
  • Only one image is needed for both selected and unselected states (style is added via CoreGraphics).
  • Icons are resized when needed and particularly in landscape mode.
  • Animated state of the tabs with a nice cross fade animation.
  • Support pre-rendered images (no glossy effect will be applied).
  • Set a custom font for tab titles.


iPhone portrait

iPhone portrait



Add the dependency to your Podfile:

platform :ios

pod 'AKTabBarController'

Run pod install to install the dependencies.

Next, import the header file wherever you want to use the tab bar controller:

#import "AKTabBarController.h"

Creation and initialization of the tab bar

// Create and initialize the height of the tab bar to 50px.
_tabBarController = [[AKTabBarController alloc] initWithTabBarHeight:50];

// Adding the view controllers to manage.
[_tabBarController setViewControllers:@[[[FirstViewController alloc] init], [[SecondViewController alloc] init], [[ThirdViewController alloc] init], [[FourthViewController alloc] init]]]];  

Setting the title and image

(in each view controller)

// Setting the image of the tab.
- (NSString *)tabImageName
    return @"myImage";

// Setting the title of the tab.
- (NSString *)tabTitle
    return @"Tab";

Accessing the current AKTabViewController instance

// Ensure to import AKTabController and the category for UIViewController
#import <AKTabBarController.h>
#import <AKTabBarController/UIViewController+AKTabBarController.h>

// It's now possible to access the current AKTabBarController instance.
- (void)viewDidLoad {
    [super viewDidLoad];

    [self.akTabBarController setTextColor:[UIColor redColor]];

Note: self.akTabBarController returns nil on devices running iOS < 5.0.


Setting the minimum height to display the title

[_tabBarController setMinimumHeightToDisplayTitle:50];

Hide the tab title

[_tabBarController setTabTitleIsHidden:NO];

Hide the tab bar when pushed in an UINavigationController

When pushing a viewcontroller in the viewControllers stack of an UINavigationController it is possible to hide the tab bar. It works exactely like the original UITabBarController:

[viewController setHidesBottomBarWhenPushed:YES];

Full customization example

// Tab background Image
[_tabBarController setBackgroundImageName:@"noise-dark-gray.png"];
[_tabBarController setSelectedBackgroundImageName:@"noise-dark-blue.png"];

// Tabs top emboss Color
[_tabBarController setTabEdgeColor:[UIColor colorWithRed:0.2 green:0.2 blue:0.2 alpha:0.8]];

// Tabs colors settings
[_tabBarController setTabColors:@[[UIColor colorWithRed:0.1 green:0.1 blue:0.1 alpha:0.0], [UIColor colorWithRed:0.6 green:0.6 blue:0.6 alpha:1.0]]]; // MAX 2 Colors
[_tabBarController setSelectedTabColors:@[[UIColor colorWithRed:0.7 green:0.7 blue:0.7 alpha:1.0], [UIColor colorWithRed:1.0 green:1.0 blue:1.0 alpha:0.0]]]; // MAX 2 Colors

// Tab stroke Color
[_tabBarController setTabStrokeColor:[UIColor colorWithRed:0 green:0 blue:0 alpha:0]];

// Icons color settings
[_tabBarController setIconColors:@[[UIColor colorWithRed:174.0/255.0 green:174.0/255.0 blue:174.0/255.0 alpha:1], [UIColor colorWithRed:228.0/255.0 green:228.0/255.0 blue:228.0/255.0 alpha:1]]]; // MAX 2 Colors
[_tabBarController setSelectedIconColors:@[[UIColor colorWithRed:174.0/255.0 green:174.0/255.0 blue:174.0/255.0 alpha:1], [UIColor colorWithRed:228.0/255.0 green:228.0/255.0 blue:228.0/255.0 alpha:1]]]; // MAX 2 Colors

// Text color
[_tabBarController setTextColor:[UIColor colorWithRed:157.0/255.0 green:157.0/255.0 blue:157.0/255.0 alpha:1.0]];
[_tabBarController setSelectedTextColor:[UIColor colorWithRed:228.0/255.0 green:228.0/255.0 blue:228.0/255.0 alpha:1.0]];

// Text font
[_tabBarController setTextFont:[UIFont fontWithName:@"Chalkduster" size:14]];

// Hide / Show glossy effect on tab icons
[_tabBarController setIconGlossyIsHidden:YES];

// Enable / Disable pre-rendered image mode
[_tabBarController setTabIconPreRendered:YES];

See below the result of the customization:

iPhone portrait

For further details see the Xcode example project.


  • iOS >= 4.3
  • ARC
  • QuartzCore.framework


iPhone landscape

iPhone landscape

iPad portrait

iPhone portrait

iPad landscape

iPad portrait


  • Largely inspired by Brian Collins's BCTabBarController (for views imbrication).
  • Icons used in the example project are designed by Tomas Gajar (@tomasgajar).


Ali Karagoz


AKTabBarController is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.